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on 27 April 2013
In my opinion this is a great book because there is a balance between Theory and Exercises.
The Table of Content are:
1) Contemporary and historical roots of Flash FICTION
2) Finding Freedom and feeling in the form
3) Beginnings and Endings
4) Imagery as isipiration
5) Poetry Vs Prose
6) Taking Risks
7) Focusing and Editing
8)The Future of Flash Fiction
9) A call to action
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on 7 April 2017
This book surpassed my expectations. Each chapter stimulated some writing and I especially liked the authors who demonstrated their ideas in their contribution. Great metaphors too.
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on 4 June 2014
This is a brilliant introduction to Flash fiction. I'm currently using it as a reference book for my university assignment. It has some excellent chapters, all written by different writers. Worth buying.
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on 8 October 2010
Anyone interested in writing flash, sudden or short, short stories should have a copy of this book. Not only does it contain a fascinating chapter on the background of the very short form, it also contains highly instructive chapters by Vanessa Gebbie, Stuart Dybek, Robert Olen Butler, Pamela Painter, Robert Shapard and many other luminaries in this genre.

Although it is an American book, it has a very global feel with a chapter by Shouhua Qi on Flash Fiction from Contemporary China and also one by Peruvian native, internationally acclaimed critic, Julio Ortega which includes one of his own flash or sudden fiction pieces.

Chapters are grouped under the following umbrella headings:

1. In Defense of the Exercise
2. Contemporary & Historical Roots of Flash Fiction
3. Finding Freedom and Feeling in the Form
4. Beginnings & Endings
5. Imagery as Inspiration
6. Poetry versus Prose
7. Taking Risks
8. Focusing & Editing
9. The Future of Flash Fiction
10. A Call to Action

There are exercises, examples and prompts together with an extensive list of suggested further reading. One further book I would add to their list is Not So Perfect by Nik Perring as an example of the very best of English contemporary flash fiction witing.
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